The Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington decided last week to adopt a non-Indian commercial salmon season in the mainstem of the Columbia River on specific days starting at 7 p.m. and running for 12 hours until 7 a.m. the next day. The nights when commercial fishing will be allowed are tonight, Thursday and Sunday and also on Aug. 10 and Aug. 12.
The Youngs Bay fishery will be open from 6 a.m. on Wednesday until noon on Thursday this week, and also for 30 hours beginning at 6 a.m. on Aug. 11, Aug. 18 and Aug. 25. It will also be open from 6 a.m. Aug. 31 to 6 a.m. Sept. 3, and from noon on Sept. 7 through noon Oct. 31.
The Tongue Point/South Channel and Blind Slough/Knappa Slough fisheries will be open for commercial salmon fishing for 12 hours beginning at 7 p.m. on the evenings of Aug. 31, Sept. 1, Sept. 2, Sept. 7, Sept. 8 and Sept. 9.
They will also be open from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m., Monday afternoons through Friday mornings from the week beginning Sept. 13 through the week beginning Oct. 25.
The Blind Slough/Knappa Slough fishery will also be open from 7 p.m. Aug. 24 to 7 a.m. Aug. 27.
The Deep River fishery will be open nightly for commercial salmon fishing from for 12 hours beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights for the weeks of Aug. 23, Aug. 30 and Sept. 6. It will also be open from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. Monday afternoons through Friday mornings for the week beginning Sept. 13 through the week beginning Oct. 25.
Commercial fishers will be able to sell salmon and sturgeon, although each vessel may only possess or sell five green or white sturgeon during each calendar week (Sunday through Saturday).
Additional information including regulations on gear, sanctuaries and reporting is available at (http://www.dfw.state.or.us/ODFWhtml/InfoCntrFish/InterFish/Index.html)